Towards a new Urbanism – Symposium

Towards a new Urbanism
An international symposium on the 21st Century City
Liverpool, 25-27 November 2008

The Academy of Urbanism and RIBA Trust are proud to bring you the international symposium on the 21st century city, in association with ‘Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture’ Exhibition and The Urbanism Awards 2009.

One of the first events to be held at the brand new Design Academy, by Rick Mather, the symposium begins with a snapshot of Liverpool’s Past, Present and Future by its local commentators, followed on Tuesday afternoon by study tours of Ropewalks, Liverpool 1 and the Waterfront. A private view of the concurrent exhibition ‘Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture’ will take us to the Lutyen’s crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the early evening. Day one concludes with a reception and the opportunity to judge Corb’s legacy as both an Architect and an Urbanist, as Paul Finch (Editor, The Architecture Review) chairs a formal debate with leading commentators including David Lock (Chairman, TCPA), Nick Johnston (Deputy Chief Executive, Urban Splash) and Wayne Hemingway, on Corb: Hero or Villain?

Day two explores themes of The Timeless City, The Corbusian Legacy, The Resurgence of Modernism, and The 21st Century City, with an international dimension contributed by delegates from Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen. It culminates in The Awards Ceremony for the Urbanism Awards 2009, hosted in the magnificent St George’s Hall by Roger McGough and Ian McMillan, the Barnsley poet. The symposium concludes on Thursday morning with study visits to Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’, Regeneration Anfield and a ‘Ferry across the Mersey’ to Port Sunlight.

25-27 November 2008

Begins lunchtime on Tuesday 25; concludes lunchtime on Thursday 27.


Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008, at venues including: the Design Academy, St Georges Hall and the crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

Liverpool’s Past, Present and Future and The Symposium (2-day event) – £250
The Urbanism Awards 2009 Ceremony dinner – £90 (less table discounts).

To register interest in attending:
Telephone The Academy of Urbanism on 020 7251 8777 or email or Download Full Symposium Programme